\ˈī(-ə)l \

Definition of aisle 

1a(1) : a passage (as in a theater or railroad passenger car) separating sections of seats

(2) : such a passage regarded as separating opposing parties in a legislature supported by members on both sides of the aisle

b : a passage (as in a store or warehouse) for inside traffic

2 : the side of a church nave separated by piers from the nave proper

walk down the aisle or less commonly go down the aisle

: to get married Prenuptial agreements have long been used by couples who want to set down the terms of any future divorce before they walk down the aisle.— Desa Philadelpha

Examples of aisle in a Sentence

The bride walked down the aisle to the altar. By the end of the concert, the people in the theater were dancing in the aisles.

Recent Examples on the Web

Walmart has signed a deal for aisle-cleaning robots. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Walmart Buys Over 300 Aisle-Cleaning Robots," 6 Dec. 2018 But instead of going to a tailor, the company just started looking in the clown costume aisle with its Chrome OS, as exhibited by the distinctly doofy Pixel Slate. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google keeps failing to understand tablets," 29 Nov. 2018 What's the deal with all those other boxes in the pasta aisle? Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The Healthiest Ways to Eat Pasta, According to a Nutritionist," 2 Nov. 2018 Heidi Badgley, who was in the cat food aisle with her teen daughter, described a chaotic scene. Edmund Demarche | Fox News, Fox News, "Gunman opens fire in Indiana Walmart’s parking lot, injuring 2," 1 Oct. 2018 The building was emitting black smoke from the ventilation system in the rear of the building, but visibility was good in the grocery aisles. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 The band, whose members range in age from 13 to 18 years old, stood in the aisle to play their instruments and sing a classic mariachi song. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Mariachi band surprises Southwest passengers with mid-flight performance," 11 July 2018 The food aisles at the local pet store look more and more like those at the nearest Whole Foods: locally sourced produce; cage-free poultry; grain-free, pesticide-free, gluten-free everything else. Peter Haldeman, New York Times, "The Secret Price of Pets," 4 July 2018 In contrast, Robomart's plan is to effectively send the entire produce aisle to the customer's driveway. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Forget deliveries—this firm wants to bring a grocery store to your driveway," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of aisle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for aisle

Middle English ile, alteration of ele, from Anglo-French, literally, wing, from Latin ala; akin to Old English eaxl shoulder, Latin axis axletree — more at axis

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Kids Definition of aisle

1 : a passage between sections of seats (as in a church or theater)

2 : a passage between shelves (as in a supermarket)

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